The Pulse: April 19, 2021

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  • 8°C: Sunny. Becoming a mix of sun and cloud in the morning. Wind becoming north 20 km/h gusting to 40 in the morning. High 8. Wind chill minus 6 in the morning. (forecast)
  • 7pm: The Oilers (26-15-2) will play the Canadiens (19-14-9). (details)
  • 40: Alberta is lowering the minimum age to receive the AstraZeneca vaccine from 55 to 40 with booking slated to open Tuesday morning. (details)
  • 10 km: The City of Edmonton has launched 10 km of shared streets, down significantly from last year's 28 km. (details)

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Share your thoughts about the climate emergency on April 22

By Karen Unland

Will we act on climate change? That's the question we'll be exploring on April 22 at the next listening session for our People's Agenda project.

Join us at noon for another discussion to uncover what is important to you as we head towards the municipal election on Oct. 18. Please register here to attend.

The topic reflects the synthesis of a number of responses to our People's Agenda question related to the city's role in addressing climate change. For some, this is the only issue that matters, as it represents an existential threat; others prioritize other issues as well, but draw connections between climate change and transportation policy, infrastructure decisions, economic diversification, or social justice.

This listening session coincides with Covering Climate Now's Joint Coverage Week, a worldwide effort by journalists to pay concerted attention to the climate emergency. We live in a city that has declared a climate emergency, and we may have learned some lessons from our response to the pandemic. Now, in an election year, it's important to put this issue on the agenda for candidates running for mayor and council.

Host Chris Chang-Yen Phillips will discuss the topic with a guest to put the question into context. Then we'll head into discussion groups where you can share your thoughts on the matter.

If you can't make it, we will recap it on Friday, as we did last week on the question "Will we house everyone?"

For more context on how the climate emergency intersects with Edmonton, we're dedicating our weekly chart in the The Pulse to this topic. Here's what we've published so far:

Check The Pulse every Tuesday through April for more. And don't forget to sign up for the rest of our listening sessions:



By Emily Rendell-Watson

Projected MSI funding gap

City of Edmonton anticipates $400M gap in provincial infrastructure funding

By Mack Male

A new report suggests the City of Edmonton will receive $400 million less in provincial infrastructure funding than originally anticipated.

The Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) launched in 2007 to provide municipalities in Alberta with capital infrastructure funding. From 2007 to 2024, the City of Edmonton expected to receive nearly $4.2 billion from the MSI and its replacement programs, but now anticipates it will receive $3.8 billion, a gap of $400.2 million.

The original MSI program, which was extended from 2016 until the end of 2021, accounts for $60.2 million of that gap. The replacement programs, first the City Charter Fiscal Framework (CCFF) and later the Local Government Fiscal Framework (LGFF), account for the remaining $340 million.

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April 10, 2021 Rapid flow vaccination clinic

Coming up at council: April 19-23, 2021

By Mack Male

Here are some of the notable agenda items coming before city council for the week of April 19-23:

  • Administration recommends allocating $10.3 million from the COVID-19 funds within the Financial Stabilization Reserve to address "emerging priority items" including $1.3 million to support the rapid-flow vaccination site at the Edmonton EXPO Centre, $300,000 to maintain the public washroom attendance program at Louise McKinney Park, $100,000 to support the temporary patio initiative, and nearly $6 million over the next two years to add UV purification technology to the ETS and DATS fleets.
  • The Spring 2021 Supplemental Operating Budget Adjustments outlines administration's strategy to achieve an overall tax change of 0% for 2021. Due to market fluctuations and the way the provincial education tax is collected, the required 2021 requisition is higher than anticipated. Administration proposes a further overall municipal tax decrease 0.3% ($5.3 million) which would be offset by higher than projected assessment growth and revenue ($5.7 million more than the approved budget) to keep the overall tax change for 2021 at 0%.
  • Councillor Michael Walters is expected to make a motion supporting the effort to designate the North Saskatchewan River as a Canadian Heritage River, a program jointly administered by the federal, provincial, and territorial governments. Smoky Lake County is hosting a related survey asking for input on "the recreational, cultural and natural heritage of the North Saskatchewan River."
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Coming up this week

Coming up this week

By Emily Rendell-Watson

Cars driving on the High Level Bridge

Quiz time: Emissions


Test your knowledge with this daily quiz, brought to you by the People's Agenda project:

As of 2019, by how much had Edmonton's community greenhouse gas emissions declined relative to 2005?

  1. Zero
  2. 1.8%
  3. 5.6%
  4. 9.4%
  5. 50%

See Tuesday's issue of The Pulse for the answer.

The answer to the April 16 quiz was d — Paul Jankowski is leaving the Regional Municipality of York to become the CEO of the Edmonton Metropolitan Transit Services Commission.

The next People's Agenda listening session will be on the topic of climate change. Join us online at noon on April 22.

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